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The Curelom by Scott Hales

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

The world is in chaos, but Tom Turner is frying two eggs and a side of bacon. His wife, Mattie, sits at the kitchen table eating cold cereal and watching the news on her tablet. Revolutions are whittling away at South America. Europe is on the brink of collapse. China is squeezing the U.S. dry. […]

Field Notes #13 : Spider in the hand of a goodly snow

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Polar fleece. One of the best.  Inventions. Ever. My admiration for this virtuous fabric prompted me to do a bit of research on it. On Wikipedia, I came across this: “Aaron Feuerstein [inventor] intentionally declined to patent polar fleece, allowing the material to be produced cheaply and widely by many vendors, leading to the material’s […]

Field Notes #12: Who Has Seen the Wind? (Pt.3) by Patricia Karamesines

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

This is the third part of a three-part entry. To read part one, go here. To read part two, go here. Glancing at Belle, I can tell she needs water, and soon. I lead her away from the beaver ponds before she’s tempted beyond her ability to resist to drink from its giardia-laced teapots. I […]

And I Did Eat by Jonathon Penny

Monday, August 5th, 2013

The orchard offered fruit, And I did eat. The field imparted grain, And I did graze. The farm gave up the calf, And I consumed. Her mother furnished milk To quench my thirst. The market tendered goods Both fair and fine, Encumbrances unique To tempt my tongue And fill my eyes and ears With vague […]

Memoirs Written in Rain by A. J. Huffman

Monday, June 10th, 2013

The lavender sky turns.  Soundless. Its silvered breath falls, sliding slowly over veined silk. The tiny bud ruptures.  Bending backwards (in time) it beads the ground with miniscule reflections, iridescent images bursting the same ideal: a perfect mirror of every dawn’s bloom. ____________________________________________________________________________________________ A.J. Huffman is a poet and freelance writer in Daytona Beach, Florida.  […]

The happen stance by Patricia Karamesines

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

This is a rewrite of an earlier post published here on WIZ. One dark night in January of 2010 Mark and I made a last minute run to the only grocery store within 22 miles. On our return trip home, I drove with the SUV’s highbeams on, because we live on a rural road where, […]

Kristalltag by Sy Roth

Monday, March 18th, 2013

Space exhaled a puff of air. Caught in its stream pathless terrene thought it well to cleave a fresh path form a new road unzip the miles-thin protective layer. Aeriform meteoric hand punched through. Glass jugs exploded in a cosmic grand plie windows shattered crystalline light show creation’s crumble celestial chaff in its random wind. […]

Degrees of Coyoteness by Patricia Karamesines

Saturday, March 16th, 2013

This is a rewrite of a post published here on WIZ that I’m including in my book Crossfire Canyon. I’m posting the rewrite today in response to finding a bounty-killed coyote on this morning’s walk. April 8, 2009. As I walked out of a nearby canyon last week along a trail where I had previously […]

Better and better by Patricia Karamesines

Monday, March 11th, 2013

In my quest for perhaps a wrongly-remembered story about beavers in Yellowstone National Park, I’ve watched several national parks shows, including Ken Burns’ America’s National Parks series. Since we finished that show–worth the watch, by the way–I’ve looked for other, nature-toned documentaries. We saw that Amazon Prime would let us view PBS’s Nature series for […]

Transformed by Sue Halvorsen

Monday, February 4th, 2013

Sitting in his doctor’s office reading a National Geographic, a New York stockbroker felt compelled to conquer something other than a portfolio. Thinking of his view of the Hudson River from his apartment in River Place Towers on 42nd Street, he decided to try a primitive nature experience. He signed up for a seven-day wilderness […]